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Artists' creativity captured on film as Art Basel goes behind the scenes

Works by and about artists from 30 galleries will be featured, writes Bonnie E. Engel

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 May, 2014, 9:47am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 May, 2014, 9:47am

In addition to all the art, paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, installations and performance art, Art Basel Hong Kong is launching a sector dedicated to films by and about artists. The 49 films by 41 artists, representing 30 galleries, will be screened at the agnès b. cinema in the Hong Kong Arts Centre, across the street from the fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The theatre is on the lower ground floor of the Arts Centre and seats 119 people, with two wheelchair accessible spots. It is first-come, first-served, so patrons should arrive early. The entire programme is free. Most of the films are less than 10 minutes' duration, ensuring a lively selection each night.

These films were selected by multimedia artist and producer Li Zhenhua. Chinese born and based in Zurich and Beijing, Li has been active in the artistic field since 1996.

His practice mainly concerns curating, art creation and project management. Highlights of the film programme include works by international artists such as Takashi Ishida and Dinh Q. Lê, and Hong Kong artists Kwan Sheung-chi and Christopher Doyle.

Li's selection for the Hong Kong show explores six diverse themes over three days.

Urban Life looks at how urban civilisation has an impact on daily life through often bizarre behaviour, witticism and humour, today from 6.30pm-8pm.

Participants are: Kwan Sheung Chi, " doing it with Mrs Kwan ... making Pepper Spray", 2012, Gallery Exit; Tameka Norris, Licker, 2008-2012, and Nina Yuen, Lea, 2014, Lombard Freid Gallery; Guan Xiao, Cognitive Shape, 2013, Magician Space; Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Memorial Project Waterfield: The Story of the Stars, 2006-14, Mizuma Art Gallery; and Naiza Khan, The Observatory, 2012, and Christopher Doyle, Roof Sticks, 2013, both from Rossi & Rossi. Andreas Angelidakis, Domesticated Mountain, 2012, The Breeder; and Liao Li, A slap (Wuhan), 2011, 55 Shanghai Gallery, end this group of short films.

Beautiful Visuals focuses on visual perception and the mixing of sound and video. Included in this segment are: Bill Balaskas, Parthenon Rising (II), 2011, Kalfayan Galleries; Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012, Michael Lett; Chim↑Pom, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, 2011, Mujin-to Production; Polly Borland, Berlin, it's all a mess, 2012, Murray White Room; Chen Sai Hua Kuan, Space Drawing No. 7, 2010, Osage Gallery; Wu Chang-jung, Lost Taipei, 2013, Project Fulfill Art Space; Christopher Doyle, Tilda, 2013, Rossi & Rossi; Youki Hirakawa, In the Mist of Time, 2012, Standing Pine; and Takashi Ishida, Burning Chair, 2013, Taka Ishii Gallery. Also showing today, 6.30pm - 8pm.

The next two sections are on show tomorrow from 7pm-8.30pm.

Animation traces the discovery, techniques and practice of this genre by artists such as: John Latham, Talk Mr Bard, 1961, Lisson Gallery; Nina Yuen, Hermione, 2014, Lombard Freid Gallery; Yukihiro Taguchi, EIN / DRUCK (Lisbon), 2011, Mujin-to Production; Miao Xiaochun, Disillusion, 2009-2010, Osage Gallery; Tu Pei-shih, Last Wills, 2013, Project Fulfill Art Space; Wang Haiyang, Freud, Fish and Butterfly, 2012, Galerie Paris-Beijing; Sookoon Ang, 1to9, 2009, FOST Private Limited; Ye Linghan, Last Experimental Flying Object, 2008, Ben Brown Fine Arts; and Brian Alfred, Triangle Cloud, 2013, Ameringer| McEnery|Yohe Gallery.

Action looks at the relationship between activity, performance and video.

Chim↑Pom, BLACK OF DEATH 2013, 2013, and Tsubasa Kato, Abandon (Salton Sea), 2013, are presented by Mujin-to Production; Ishu Han, Neighbor, 2012, comes from Osage Gallery of Hong Kong.

Hauser & Wirth presents a series of very short films from Roman Signer, who was born in Appenzell, Switzerland in 1938, entitled Wettlauf mit Rakete / Race with a Rocket, 1981; Aktion in Vira Gambarogno / Action in Vira Gambarogno, 1982; Wagen / Wagon 1986; Vier Kisten / Four Boxes, 1985; Bücher / Books, 1984; Brücke / Bridge, 1983; Hocker / Stool (Fluss Sitter bei Haslen), 1982; and Brille mit Rakete / Glasses with Rocket, 1982.

Performance is oriented towards the dramatisation of actions, events and performances, while Fiction Mix looks at storytelling at the core of any visual presentation, Saturday from 7pm-8.30pm. Performances are by Bettina Buck, Interlude, 2012, Rokeby Gallery; and John Wood and Paul Harrison, 10 x 10, 2011, Carroll / Fletcher presenter.

Fiction Mix features Shimura Bros, SEKILALA, 2006-2008, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP; Cristobal León & Joaquín Cociña, Los Andes, 2013, Upstream Gallery; Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Tristan Bera, Belle Comme le Jour, 2012, Gallery Koyanagi; Diogo Evangelista, Isle, 2013, looped; Galeria Pedro Cera; Sookoon Ang, Exorcize Me, 2013, FOST Private Limited; Chang Chien-chi, Burmese Days, 2011, Chi-Wen Gallery; Hiroyuki Oki, SUITA II, 1989-1990, Arataniurano; and Chen Zhou, Spanking The Maid II, 2012, from Aike-Dellarco.

Salon, Art Basel's afternoon talks programme, hosts Kwan Sheung-chi and Chim↑Pom in conversation with Li Zhenhua today at 5pm.

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